POLPIS SCHOOLHOUSE -July 2017

Now a Cozy Home for Two

by: Leslie Linsley

photography by: Terry Pommett

Back in the 1890s, the area of the island known as Polpis was dominated by dairy farms. The farmers’ children, ages 6 to 14, attended a one-room schoolhouse, erected in an open field in the area.

Typically, there was one teacher/headmaster who taught all It is a rare privilege to take ownership of a house that is part of the subjects to all the students. The pupils, not more than a dozen or so, couldn’t have imagined that there would some day be a paved road with houses and manicured lawns along the way into town, or that the building in which they learned reading, writing and arithmetic would one day become the nucleus of a stylish country home.

The great room reflects the quiet elegance of the house with neutral tones and textures throughout. Bright and airy, it is a nice contrast to the intimate, cozy library. Built-ins on either side of an original window hold family photographs and personal treasures. Two small windows in the bookcases were left intact.

Historical information about the schoolhouse is sketchy, but it is believed that the building was moved at least twice, with no apparent reasons noted. It is also believed that the school operated until the late 1920s or early 1930s and was then abandoned for some time. It became derelict and almost torn down when it was finally purchased and moved to its present location, a bit beyond the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.


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